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Baile Uí Shíoda
Ballyseedy is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°15′14″N 9°39′25″W / 52.254°N 9.657°W / 52.254; -9.657Coordinates: 52°15′14″N 9°39′25″W / 52.254°N 9.657°W / 52.254; -9.657
CountyCounty Kerry
 • Town14 km2 (5 sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceQ869126
Yann Goulet's Ballyseedy Memorial, County Kerry, Ireland

Ballyseedy (Irish: Baile Uí Shíoda, meaning 'town of Sheedy') is a townland in County Kerry, Ireland. It was historically situated in the parish of Ballyseedy, within the barony of Trughanacmy.[2] The townland contains a number of notable landmarks, including Ballyseedy Wood, a bridge over the Ballycarty River and a ruined Protestant church. There is also a large restored castle (Ballyseedy Castle) which is in use as a hotel.


Ballyseedy is located off the N21 road, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of Tralee. A section of the River Lee, from which Tralee takes its name,[3] forms the northern edge of the townland.


Ballyseedy Wood is an ancient woodland dating at least to the 16th century, when it was mapped by Sir Edward Denny.[4] The wood contains the ruins of Ballyseedy House (or Old Ballyseedy Castle). Alongside nearby "New" Ballyseedy Castle (now restored as a hotel), this was the seat of the Blennerhassett family from around 1586 to 1967.[5]

Ballyseedy Massacre[edit]

The townland was the scene of an atrocity in the Irish Civil War, in which eight anti-Treaty IRA prisoners were killed by their captors, members of the Free State forces.


In the 2002 census, Ballyseedy had a population of 127.[1] By the 2006 Census, it had a population of 474.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Table 5: Population of Towns ordered by County and size, 2002 and 2006" (PDF). Ireland Census 2006. 1: Population Classified by Area. Central Statistics Office (Ireland). 26 April 2007. p. 42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ Jones, Laurence. "Ballyseedy". GENUKI. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ Hickson, Mary (July 1896). "The River Lee of Kerry: Its True Course, and Its Identity with the Dur of Ptolemy". Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 5. 6 (2): 173–175. ISSN 0035-9106.
  4. ^ "Ballyseedy Wood: A tranquil retreat". Walking in Kerry. Fáilte Ireland. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  5. ^ Humphrys, Dr. Mark. "Ballyseedy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.